Frauscher 717 GT

By | Posted July 2011

Photo Courtesy of FrauscherFrauscher 717 GTThose seeking a dollop of old-school, central-European cool would do well to check out the 717 GT from Austria’s Frauscher Boats, which was voted 2010...

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Protector Tuaranga 38

By Kevin Koenig | Posted May 2011

Protector Tuaranga 38Oakland, California-based Protector Boats holds firm to the idea that the world is three-quarters water and that their customers should be able to enjoy almost every inch of that...

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Wider 42

By Kevin Koenig | Posted January 2011

In times of economic strife, most people shy away from evolutionary business concepts, instead preferring to hunker down and ride out the storm with older, more comfortable ideas. But a lack of...

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Bluegame 60

By Alan Harper | Posted April 2010

They say it’s not what you know, but who. In the case of Bluegame, it’s a bit of both. The name may be new to most stateside owners, with the first 60 not due to appear until the Fort Lauderdale...

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Grady-White 366 Canyon

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted November 2009

Performance. After spending two days onboard the Grady-White 366 Canyon in some wicked 20-knot-plus winds, I concluded that this word pretty much sums up this mammoth center console.The first and...

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The Vaneer of History

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted November 2009

The Gulf of Maine was for a long time a haven for smugglers. As a result of its sparsely populated islands, lax border enforcement, and heavy fog, running goods across the Canadian border became a...

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Horizon Vision 74

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted November 2009

A greener, long-range cruiser that is available turnkey.A lot of new boats will have debuted at this year's Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show by the time this issue hits newsstands. Among the...

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Build By Numbers

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted October 2009

There’s no replacement for skilledlabor. Anyone who’s ever held a jobdoesn’t need a lecture on the meritsof consistent leadership and the costsassociated with retraining andrehiring a work force. Few...

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Smooth Operator

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2009

I’m crankin’ up this test report with somethingthat’s gonna sound a little strange, at least at first.My sea trial of Hampton Yacht’s Endurance 650LRC (Long Range Cruiser) took place in two,totally...

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Sleek, Speedy, Spacious

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted October 2009

Waiting for the bridge to Hillsboro Inlet off Pompano Beach, Florida, required about ten minutes of jockeying in a determined cross current. There was little wind, but the approach to this bridge is...

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Altima 45 Euro Sedan

By photos by Ellio... | Posted June 2009

It wasn’t until I piloted the Altima 45 Euro Sedan up Fort Lauderdale’s New River that I began to appreciate this vessel’s close-quarter-handling characteristics.For those not familiar with the New...

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A Riviera Runabout

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted May 2009

An offshoot of the Rodriquez Shipyard, which was founded in 1887, Morgan Yachts has been building Italian versions of classic U.S. workboats since 1991. Traditionally, downeast-style and commuter-...

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The Way Forward: Island Pilot DSe 12M Hybrid

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted December 2008

Imagine spending a whole string of sunny summer days cruising along like Huckleberry Finn, leapfrogging from anchorage to anchorage on solar-generated electric power alone, without ever having to...

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The Way Forward: Sea Ray Goes Electric

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted December 2008

The first thing I noticed about Sea Ray's so-called "Green Boat" was her conventional appearance. Sure, there was something atop the bimini—a Sharp solar collector—but the gizmo was inconspicuous....

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Fairline Targa 64

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted November 2008

Once our test-boat's captain deftly maneuvered the Fairline Targa 64 Gran Turismo around the crewless and sinking sportfisherman, I knew things had to get better. One of the reasons our 64's crew,...

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Jeanneau Prestige 42S

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted November 2008

Back in 2007, we tested the Jeanneau Prestige 42 ("The French Connection," April 2007). You might assume that the new Prestige 42S ("S" stands for "Sport Top") would...

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Abeking & Rasmussen 40M SWATH

By George L. Petrie | Posted January 2008

In an industry where every nuance of a hull form is hyped as the greatest innovation since the pointed bow, it's a rare pleasure to witness the introduction of a concept that truly is a departure...

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Symbol 59 Classic

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted October 2007

I couldn't see what was making the sound, but the pitter-patter of paws approached from across the optional teak cockpit sole. Then the first mate, a four-legged friend named Willow, barked hello and...

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Hampton Endurance 700

By George L. Petrie | Posted February 2007

Hampton Endurance 700Taking Hampton Yachts in a new direction, the Endurance 700 is a bit of a hybrid, combining the virtues of a full-displacement passagemaker and a semidisplacement motoryacht....

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Marlow Explorer 82

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted January 2007

Try this fantasy on for size: It's a sunny afternoon in Seattle, and your new Marlow Explorer 82 Cockpit Motor Yacht is ready to go at last. You step aboard the fully commissioned vessel at Chandler'...

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Tiara 3900 Sovran

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted October 2006

Tiara Yachts is gutsy when it comes to technology. The successful, family-owned company was the first in the United States to seriously venture into pod-type propulsion systems some years back,...

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Mikelson 59/63 LRSF

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted September 2006

If there's one rule of boatbuilding that's been proven time and again, it's stick with what you know. Even if you really do have the best designers and engineers in the world, don't try to build...

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Cranchi Mediterranee 47 HT

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted August 2006

As I write this, a commuter heading down I-80 in Kearney, Nebraska, may be getting an early-morning eyeful as 47 feet of Italian yacht passes him port to port. The yacht is a Cranchi Mediterranee 47...

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Viking 64 Convertible

By George L. Petrie | Posted August 2006

Usually the design of a new sportfishing yacht evolves around the cockpit. Fishing, above all else, is what the yacht is built for. But the design of Viking's new 64 Convertible was motivated by...

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Jefferson 82 Starship Pilothouse

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted June 2006

The day got off to a rousing start, nutritionally speaking. Photographer Jim Raycroft picked me up at Fort Lauderdale International, and we headed for Billfish Marina by way of Lester's Diner on...

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